Earlier in January, it was reported that there could be a potential issue of placing the iPhone 12 and its MagSafe charging system near medical devices like pacemakers. This is due to the use of additional magnets which could interfere with medical equipment. Apple recently updated its support document suggesting the same thing.
Now according to a report from NBC25 News, it appears that US cardiologists have found evidence to suggest that this could pose a problem. This test was conducted by Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute cardiologist Gurjit Singh and his colleagues who wanted to see how much of an interference the iPhone 12 and MagSafe could have.
According to Dr. Singh, “When we brought the iPhone close to the patient’s chest the defibrillator was deactivated. We saw on the external defibrillator programmer that the functions of the device were suspended and remained suspended. When we took the phone away from the patient’s chest, the defibrillator immediately returned to its normal function. We were all stunned. We had assumed that the magnet would be too weak in a phone to trip the defibrillator’s magnetic switch.”
It is unclear what Apple can do to mitigate this problem, but with the mounting evidence, hopefully the company has a plan to deal with it for its next iPhone.